The Overdose Crisis Involves More Than Just Opioids

Psychostimulant-related deaths are on the rise

This infographic was updated on November 26, 2019 to reflect new data.

Opioid-related overdose deaths have devastated communities throughout the country. But fatalities related to psychostimulant drugs—which increase activity in the body’s central nervous system—are increasing, and complicating efforts to curb the nation’s overdose crisis.


  1. R. Rudd et al., “Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths—United States, 2010–2015,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 65, no. 50-51 (2016): 1445-52,
  2. M. Kariisa et al., “Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Cocaine and Psychostimulants with Abuse Potential—United States, 2003–2017,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 68, no. 17 (2019): 388-95,
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Ibid.